"A star's last gasp at the final stage of its life has been frozen for all time in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope.In the photo, Hubble took a deep look at NGC 6210, a curious planetary nebula located about 6,500 light-years away, in the constellation of Hercules."
"At the heart of NGC 6210 is a star slightly less massive than our sun that is in the last fitful stage of its life cycle. The star's death spasms have kicked off multiple shells of material with different degrees of symmetry, giving the NGC 6210 nebula its odd, bulbous shape.
A star's life ends when it runs out of fuel for its thermonuclear engine. The estimated lifetime for a sun-like star is about 10 billion years.
When a star is about to die, it becomes unstable and ejects its outer layers to form a planetary nebula. What's left behind is a tiny, but very hot, star remnant known as a white dwarf.The white dwarf inside NGC 6210, which is visible in the center of the Hubble image, will cool down and fade very slowly.
According to stellar evolution theory, our own sun will experience a similar fate in approximately 5 billion years."
I suppose the end really is nigh. Relatively speaking.